Friday, November 25, 2011

Extended Weekend Wise Words

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I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving Day and the rest of your weekend is also rewarding. We are now officially into the holidays season, the 25th being "Black Friday" and the biggest shopping day of the year, for Christmas gifts. So I thought a moment about holidays in general, might be a pleasant thing to consider. Perhaps, taking a moment to view them in a different light.

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important. - Bertrand Russell

“Marry an orphan: you'll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws (at most an occasional visit to the cemetery).” - George Carlin

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. - Jon Stewart

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. - Henry Van Dyke

“I also hate those holidays that fall on a Monday where you don't get mail, those fake holidays like Columbus Day. What did Christopher Columbus do, discover America? If he hadn't, somebody else would have and we'd still be here. Big deal.” - John Waters

“Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation.” - Winston Churchill

“If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.” - William Shakespeare

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukka' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukka!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' - Dave Barry

That's what the holidays are for - for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn't that the Irish way? - Lara Flynn Boyle

And my only religious quote, being about Christmas, is from the great W.C. Fields:

Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.

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